GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION/RANGE: 
Coast of Chile and Peru

DIET: 
Feeds primarily on small fish, such as anchovies

HABITAT: 
Coastal islands

DESCRIPTION: 
This beautiful tern has a dark gray body and a red beak and legs. Look for the moustache-like tufts of white feathers on each side of the beak, a signal maturity in males and females.

DID YOU KNOW? 
This tern will nest in hollows, burrows, and old Humboldt Penguin nests. When sea lions haul out onto rocks to eat the fish they have caught, big flocks of terns will hover over and plunge down and take the chewed-up food from between the sea lions’ teeth.

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS: 
Watch for our Inca Terns in the Americas Aviary. Several of our terns have hatched her at the El Paso Zoo including Pichu and Madison. One of our older birds, Arnold, was born on May 16, 1997 at the Milwaukee Zoo. If you see a keeper in the Aviary ask them to help you find some of our birds. 

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS: 
Read about Inca Terns online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the Zoo and in the wild.  

JUST FOR KIDS:  
For a challenging and fun family activity learn about bird watching by taking a bird identification field guide to the El Paso Zoo and look for some of the birds living in the American Aviary. Currently nearly 10 of the bird species living the Aviary are found in the wild in the United States. Birdwatching is a popular hobby around the world and one that you can enjoy for the rest of your life.